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Dive Review of Alex's Aquatic Adventure (AAA) in

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Ev Rockwell, FL, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4752
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Red Sea, Chuuk, Palau, Hawaii, Cayman's
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time in order to be courteous to other divers; 60 mins.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Varies from boat to boat; due to the large number of inexperienced divers,
I found they tend to rinse their mask anywhere and every where.  I tended
to rinse my camera and then take it down out of the sun.  No leaving it in
the rinse bucket.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
2 stars    
Alex Mason has moved and is now running his own dive business under the
name Alexs Aquatic Adventures (AAA).  For those of you that remember Alex
with the old AAA group, be advised, Alex has no relationship with the
current AAA Oahu dive company.  Alex continues to host some of the best
diving on Oahu.  He encourages you to dive your own profiles and certainly
highlights area attractions.  I asked to see Frog Fish on the wreck dive of
the Sea Tiger and he found at least a half-dozen.  Next dive we headed over
to Turtle Canyon off of Diamond Head and I finally stopped counting the
turtlestoo many to count.  I started diving over ten years ago in Oahu. 
While the area off of the main beaches of Waikiki are heavily touristed, I
did not see the degradation of reef I expectedits not Palau, but then
theres only one Palau. I found a number of eels of various sizes and an
abundance of nudibranchs in addition to the expected tropical fish.  And
we were both surprised when a whale breached in front of uswowwww.  Do not
expect great numbers of fish, but the sea life on the local wrecks remains
abundant.  This is my third time diving with Alex in three years; I did six
dives this time with him and Cheryl, his adult supervision.  He had hot
coffee AND hot towels at the close of each dive.  Water can be chilly in
Hawaii at this time of year (Apr)the hot towels were awesome.  (Cold
natured? I recommend a 6ml suit until May.)  Additionally, when I decided
to do an extra afternoon dive, Cheryl went for hot chow.  Talk about curb
side service.  Plenty of snacks--chocolate, cold water, hot coffee.  On the
second day, I had a chance to observe Alex with a set of beginner divers. 
Ive watched many dive instructors over the years work with resort
divers.  Alex is exceptional; both patient and attentive.  I thought he
worked overtime to make the new divers comfortable.  Simultaneously, I
observed an unrelated dive instructor totally insult a new diver; the
individual had lied about his BC size. Having worked as support crew, I
can only say you expect a certain amount of size exaggeration. No one wants
to admit to being fat.  Alex stepped in and offered the new diver one of
his BCs; this was not one of Alexs customers.  No charge, just
consideration for a new diver on vacation.  Oahu is not a dive destination,
but Ive always enjoyed diving the clear water and escaping from the crush
of the tourists.  Give Alex a call next time you have a stop over; I will
certainly continue to call him when Im in town.  He never fails to find a
good  boat crew and assist with as much dive guide support as you desire. 
Its your dive, hes just there to ensure you have a good time regardless
of experience level. 
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